News Roundup: CBS, MySpace, Microsoft, AOL
CBS puts out their content. MySpace bug causes a stir. Microsoft seals the deal with Tellme, and AOL is movin' on down in the land of ISPs.
- Brightcove and CBS News parner up. CBS' News division has teamed up with Brightcove to play popular news content like CBS Evening News on Brightcove.com. This is one of the many sites and services CBS is partnering with as part of their "Interactive Audience Network," which is marketing speak for taking their shows off the television and putting them online. They've also been working with YouTube and AOL to expand online offerings of CBS programming. (CNET News.com)
- MySpace sexual preference bug causes stir. A small bug on MySpace that removed the option for users to select "Gay" as their sexual preference led to a small uproar last night. MySpace figurehead and founder Tom Anderson posted a bulletin acknowledging the bug, and noted that not only would it be fixed, but that "MySpace does not hate gay people..duh."
- Microsoft closes Tellme Deal. Tellme is now officially owned by Microsoft after the initial announcement of the purchase back in May. Tellme is working on a variety of voice and telephone related projects, including their slick mobile phone app which we chose as one of our Top 5 offerings at the Web 2.0 Expo last month. (CNET News.com Blog)
- AOL slips to No. 3 on Internet. AOL is now the third most popular Internet Service Provider (ISP) behind AT&T and Comcast. The company's focus on providing a portal service (one that looks quite familiar) as of last year has moved them away from offering a connection to the internet and towards content like music and news. (CNET News.com)